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How much protein do we need?

How much protein do we really need? As an athlete, it is vital that you ensure your protein intake is adequate and this particularly applies in the post training period. When exercising, the presence of adrenaline and absence of insulin results in muscle proteins breaking down to release amino acids. As muscle protein is breaking down, post-activity protein consumption is needed in order to repair muscle protein, increase muscle mass and form new enzymes. Here are 5 simple ways to ensure you optimise muscle repair and hit those protein targets…

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THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF OVERTRAINING

Every athlete wants to be and do their best. But the challenge with being one’s best is that it is like walking along a cliff edge. We are constantly curious to look over yet can’t afford to fall. I always say that we are slightly better off underdone than overdone. Once it’s too late, it’s too late. However, we still need to satisfy our curiosity for exploring our potential.

WELCOME TO THE 5AM CLUB

What are the benefits of getting up early? Why join the 5am club and what’s all the hype about? Well…Getting up early has multiple benefits. Statistics say that those who rise early and sleep before 10pm are far less likely to fall into poor eating patterns, sleep patterns, work patterns and bad habits throughout the day!

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Roxy the inspiring Mum-athlete

Roxy Jakob is a mum and an athlete living in Grafton in NSW. Having grown up with no interest in sport, she decided to take the plunge at a later age and get into the multidiscipline sport of triathlon. She now has two young kids and is training for her first Half Ironman distance Aquabike – all in addition to studying, working and making time for family and friends. She has also recently set up the Grafton Triathlon Club to encourage others to participate in the sport!

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THE EFFECTS OF POOR NUTRITION ON MALE ATHLETES

Every athlete strives for an edge over the competition and the key to achieving peak performance can be through optimal nutrition. Although we have very clear nutritional guidelines for performance, we also know that in reality a personalised approach can make a significant difference to your outcome. And so as it is vital to recognise the differing nutritional requirements between sexes, this article will focus on the specific needs of male athletes to get the absolute best out of your performance.

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The menstrual cycle and athletic performance

Female hormones play an important part in sleep, digestion, metabolism, injury prevention, growth, mental well-being and recovery. If your cycle is not regular, chances are, some of these factors are out of line too. Taking care of your general health is the first step in becoming a successful athlete and, as women, we can use our menstrual cycle as an indicator of our overall health. Read on to understand how and why a healthy menstrual cycle is so important for female athletes

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The Road To Recovery – ALEXA LEARY

Alexa Leary is one of those truly special people in life. She is a talented Junior Elite Triathlete and World Title Medalist, who was well on her way to a successful career in sport, before she unfortunately suffered a tragic cycling accident. The accident in July 2021 left her with devastating brain and nervous system injuries. Over the past six months, Alexa has had the courage and dedication to make an unanticipated and exceptional recovery, with ongoing rehabilitation and some memory loss.

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You Are Only Bound by the Limits You Set – AUDREY

This week in the Bindi Athlete Interview Series, I interviewed Audrey Hall, an exceptional middle distance and mountain runner. Audrey has had an intense upbringing in sport and suffered from numerous injuries.

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LIVING THE DREAM – WITH BRENDEN WHEELER

In this week’s issue of the Bindi Athlete Interview Series, I had a chat with Brenden Wheeler, a long course triathlete who also works in the Air Force. Brenden did his first triathlon on a whim back in 2018 and was hooked from there.

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ACHIEVING THE IMPOSSIBLE – MATT MACPHERSON

I had the pleasure of interviewing Matt for this edition of the Bindi Athlete Interview series. Matt is a hard-working and honest athlete, who often works 14-16 hour days and still manages to qualify for Kona. He achieves the impossible every day and here is how he does it….

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